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Steph and Sarah and the Thomas Randall Blog Tour

October 2nd, 2009 (10:40 am)
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On Friday, Thomas Randall dropped by two blogs, Steph Su Reads and Sarah's Random Musings. Take a peek at their interviews:

Steph asked: Dreams of the Dead is, in a sense, a vampire story. What is your favorite vampire story?

Thomas Randall: Wow. There are so many that I love. Richard Matheson's I AM LEGEND. Stephen King's SALEM'S LOT. Anne Rice's original INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. Bram Stoker's DRACULA. The classics are classics for a reason. I also love the novel THE LIGHT AT THE END by John Skipp and Craig Spector. Brian Lumley's NECROSCOPE books. Of more recent books, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse novels [what inspired the TV show True Blood] are huge, huge fun.

Read the entire interview.

Sarah asked: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Thomas Randall: If one person tells you that you stink, don't listen. If the only person who tells you that you're good is your mom, don't listen to her, either. Accept that the urge to write does not make you a writer and that you probably have a lot to learn. (We all do.) Study Strunk & White's THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE. Read a lot. Write a lot. Find people who will give you *honest* criticism. You'll know the difference, no matter how much it frightens you to admit it. Go to conventions where writers and artists and editors gather. Meet people. Learn about the business as well as the craft. Realize that only a relative of handful can make a living writing and be realistic about whether or not you can handle that kind of stress, and if you can, then go for it.

Read the entire interview.

Learn more about the new thriller The Waking: Dreams of the Dead at http://www.thomasrandall.net